UHBVN waives off 87 per cent dues of rural consumers

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Chandigarh, Dec 17 (UNI) The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has waived off 87.72 per cent of the defaulting amount of those domestic and tubewell consumers of rural areas who had joined the Electricity Bills Waiver Scheme and had made the payment of their current bills.

Stating this here today, a Nigam spokesman said 5,18,880 consumers, including 3,80,275 domestic and 1,38,605 tubewell consumers, of Ambala, Panchkula, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Karnal, Panipat, Sonepat, Rohtak, Jhajjar and Jind districts had opted for the scheme up to March, 2007 by making payment of one or more current bills.

As per scheme, an amount of Rs 644.32 crore had to be waived off of these consumers out of which Rs 565.18 crore had been waived off up to November, 2007.

He said that after making payment of one or more bills, some consumers did not pay the subsequent bills. In order to bring the left out consumers back to the mainstream, the Nigam had again given them the option to rejoin the scheme and now they had been allowed to avail the benefit of the scheme upto December 31.

He said under the campaign of disconnecting supply of non payers, electricity of those consumers had been disconnected on priority basis in rural areas, who had never joined the scheme after its launch on June 17, 2005.

UNI

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